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Goblins Vs Dwarves (Goblins 2) Paperback – 4 Mar 2013
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But Skarper isn't like other goblins. Oh, he quite enjoys a bit of thieving, but he's cunning and clever about it, and he can read. Unfortunately he's just a bit too clever for his own good, and that's how he ends up plunging headfirst into an adventure. Er... literally.
With cloud maidens, trolls, giants, a would-be-hero, a clever princess, goblins, boglins, dragonets, dragonbone men, a dampdrake and three really bad sorcerers there's rarely a dull moment in Skarper's unplanned adventure.
What starts out as a too-clever comment is soon followed by fights, flights, captors, captives, arguments and escapes. The magic of Clovenstone is waking and Skarper's life swiftly becomes more interesting than he can handle.
With an uncommon hero who isn't the least bit heroic - or has any plans to be - GOBLINS is fast-paced, funny, clever and creative. A great bit of magical mayhem for everyone to enjoy.
I hope my (all-boys)class enjoy it as much as me.
It has a hilarious nod to Lord of the Rings with a detailed fantasy world complete with map, songs - thankfully cut short, twiglets (rather fiesty twig type creatures) mini dragons and goblins who hatch from eggs sometimes veined with precious slowsilver. The main sword is called Mr Chop-U-Up and the goblins do like to kill and bop each other on the head quite a lot. Not to mention the brilliant Giant, trolls and bog creatures who inhabit this world.
There's a lot going on in this book with the intertwining adventure of Henwyn the son of Henmor. He's the idiot Jack and the Beanstalk type heir to a cheese factory. Princess Ned is a great Princess he tries to rescue. Thankfully there's none of that lovey dovey stuff which makes young readers squirm. There's a trio of Sorcerers and a comet thrown into the mix too...
It's a detailed, brilliant story.
Guaranteed entertainment for children and adults who aren't po-faced.
Very highly recommended.
I have read Reeve before and enjoyed him, this has never been my favourite genre, and as a thirty-something woman, I'm really not the reader he envisaged, so please don't let me put you off!
There are goblins and humans, funny words and a plot of adventure. It felt like a less-funny Muddle Earth, with a human and goblin joining forces. Skarper, the downtrodden goblin, manages to overcome his lowly status and learn to read, something goblins don't do.
This will be one to recommend to male readers particularly, as part of a series, and with lots of fantasy staples, this could be a comfortable read that feels familiar but offers a decent level of challenge.
The audiobook is clearly read, I just might have done better with the paper copy. In a few years, I might see if my sons enjoy this.
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